One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The saithe or coalfish, Pollachius virens;.
2Any of various fishes of the family Nototheniidae, of southern oceans, which are predominantly dark with pale marbling; especially Notothenia microlepidota, and (NZ) Paranotothenia magellanica; compare "Maori chief".
3The sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Nehemiah Grew (a1641–1712), botanist and physician.
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